A Science Not For the Earth by Yevgeny Baratynsky
Posted on October 17, 2015 by Rebecca Robinson
"In one of my last travels I got a volume of a poet of Pushkin's circle, though in many ways much better than Pushkin - his name was Baratynsky." - Joseph Brodky
Yevgeny Baratynsky (1800–1844) achieved fame with his earliest poems, psychologically acute love elegies and meditations written in the first half of the 1820s. In this early period, he was closely identified with the movement in Russian poetry that coalesced around Pushkin. Largely neglected by critics in the latter half of the 19th century, Baratynsky’s work received a new appreciation only with the Symbolist poets in the early 20th century and later with Akhmatova and Mandelstam; most recently, Joseph Brodsky and Aleksandr Kushner have especially underscored the importance of Baratynsky for their own writing.
Brooklyn based Ugly Duckling Presse have published the first representative collection of his lyric verse in English. Buy it here.